A woman accused of causing a head-on crash that killed a U.S. Forest Service firefighter was sentenced to three years probation on Friday.
Natasia Wood was facing a maximum of six years in prison on a felony charge in the death of 37-year-old Darin Steffey last October.
The crash happened on a curvy portion of Buckman Springs Road in Campo. Wood was driving her roommate's Dodge Durango when she lost control on a sharp left turn and veered into oncoming lanes. She struck Steffey, who was riding a motorcycle.
Testimony indicated Wood was driving 77 mph. The speed limit on Buckman Springs Road is 55 mph, and a sign just before the turn where Wood lost control and the crash happened warns drivers to slow down to 40 mph.
In addition to three years probation, Wood was ordered to spend 24 hours in jail to reflect on what happened. The date set for her one-day stint behind bars is Oct. 3, 2014 - the same day as the crash a year before. Wood will also be required to pay some restitution and do public speaking about the incident.
Sobs heard from the family of a firefighter killed in a head-on crash as his killer gets probation. The emotional scene @10News at 5 & 7— Allison Ash (@10NewsAsh) August 29, 2014